By Deborah Akpede, Lagos.
The Police Command in Lagos State says it has reduced crime to the barest minimum in the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, made the declaration during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos on Saturday.
He said that criminal activities in the state had reduced considerably through effective policing.
Hundeyin said that raids on criminal hideouts had been enhanced, due to intelligence gathering by police personnel and information volunteered by members of the public.
“No more hideouts; we have raided hideouts and shanties at the different localities, and dislodged criminals,” he said.
Hundeyin assured residents of the state of the command’s commitment to fighting crime on all fronts.
“The safety of Lagos State and the people of Lagos is paramount; we will continue to protect lives and property of the citizens,” he said.
The police spokesman urged the residents not to hesitate to provide useful information to the police on suspicious movements and activities.
“Reach out to Divisional Police Officer (DPO); if the DPO is not responding well, call the Area Commander.
“It is important for residents to partner with the police in efforts to rid the state of criminal activities; all hands must be on deck.
“With better interaction between the police and the residents, crime fighting efforts will yield better results.
“You can also reach out to me. If you don’t want to reveal your identity, you are free to send your information through an anonymous account,” he added.
Besides, Hundeyin said that the command was partnering with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to tackle the menace of drug abuse in Lagos State.
He, however, warned that police personnel found involved in drug abuse would face disciplinary actions.
On building public trust in the police, Hundeyin said that the command was working hard to bridge any trust gap.
He stressed that it was wrong for any policeman to ask for money to facilitate an investigation.
He urged members of the public to always endeavour to commend police officers and men doing well and criticise those found wanting.